Youths in Bayelsa State have been advised to shun Cybercrime and embrace skills that will enable them to utilise their talents and contribute to the overall development of the society.

This was the focus of a one day symposium on the dangers and consequences of cybercrime and tackling modern day internet fraud popularly called ‘Yahoo’ against the accepted norms.

The focus of these participants gathered under this roof is to gain knowledge as worthy ambassadors against Cybercrime .

Chief Supretendent of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal office, Cooker Oyegunle in his lecture identified various types of cyber crimes to include:Identity crime,
Phishing, Hacking,Employment scam,Data fraud amongst many others.

Deputy director, Bayelsa State Ministry of Justice Dr Dise Ogbise Goddy Harry who delivered a lecture on Cybercrime security and Legal implications rolled out negative impacts of cybercrime to the society noting that perpetrators when caught are liable to face the wrath of the law.

Cybercrime Analyst, Mr. Sese Thomas, coordinator of the Brighter Futures project in Bayelsa State, Philip Slabor, Moses Joshua, Joybliss Ifeanyichukwu, and other key stakeholders shared their thoughts on the issue of crime and other means of legitimate livelihood.

Participants at the one day symposium held at the Domaris Hotel event centre, Yenagoa lauded the organisers for giving them the opportunity to cross fertilize ideas and learn modern trends to combat cybercrime in the society.

The programme which had over 50 participants who are within the age brackets of 18 to 35 years was organized and anchored by CyberSecurity Education Initiative, on the project tagged:Youth Empowerment Against Cybercrime ( YEMAC) Intervention with sponsorship from TAG International, British High Commission and THRIVE ONLINE.

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